2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Projections As Free Agency Shifts Draft Strategies

48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to upgrade at running back, and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy runs like a classic Steelers back. Lacy is a physical, powerful, between-the-tackles runner but also has good speed and moves in the open field. He is outstanding value in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.

49. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

The New York Giants could get good value on a much-needed playmaker at linebacker with the second-round selection of Georgia’s Alec Ogletree.

Ogletree could slide down the draft board due to concerning off-field trouble, but on the field, he is an athletic linebacker who is a skilled blitzer, a hard hitter and effective in coverage as a former safety. His potential makes him well worth taking a chance on in the middle of Round 2.

50. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee

The Chicago Bears took the first step to rebuilding their offensive line by signing left tackle Jermon Bushrod, but still need reinforcements across their offensive line. Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas would be solid value in the middle of Round 2, and is a physical, athletic and versatile offensive lineman with starting potential at both guard and right tackle.

51. Washington Redskins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, adding more weapons to the passing game remains a good idea, especially if RG3’s former Baylor teammate, Terrance Williams, is still on the board in Round 2.

Reuniting Griffin and Williams could give the young quarterback an immediate go-to downfield target. Williams is a talented downfield playmaker who can help the Redskins stretch the field, and add a more explosive dynamic to the offense in Washington.

52. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

Releasing Antoine Winfield opened up a need for the Minnesota Vikings to draft another cornerback. Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is a second-round talent with the coverage instincts, ball skills and physical play to be a solid starting cornerback in the NFL, and is ready to step in immediately as a No. 2 or nickel cornerback.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

The Cincinnati Bengals should be looking for a playmaker at the running back position who can complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis with athleticism, quickness and receiving ability. Giovani Bernard is a dynamic player out of the backfield who is good value late in Round 2, and could be a terrific fit for that role.

54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

The Miami Dolphins will likely move Jonathan Martin to left tackle to replace Jake Long, which opens up a need at right tackle. Florida State’s Menelik Watson is a very raw talent, but is projected by some as a first-round pick and is a possible choice for the Dolphins in Round 2 to fill the void on the right side of the line.

55. Green Bay Packers: Kawann Short, DT/DE, Purdue

The Green Bay Packers could be in the market for another interior defensive lineman to line up next to B.J. Raji in the three-man front and nickel formations as an interior pass-rusher. Purdue’s Kawann Short is terrific value late in Round 2, and is a well-rounded defensive tackle who is an explosive penetrator and also a stout gap-filler on run defense.

56. Seattle Seahawks: Jamie Collins, OLB/DE, Southern Miss

Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins is an under-the-radar, versatile playmaker who could be a very good fit for the Seahawks’ defense. A talented linebacker with great size and athleticism, Collins could replace Leroy Hill in the lineup at linebacker but also could project to playing the LEO spot in pass-rushing situations.

57. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

There is loads of value on the board at wide receiver, making it a great time for the Houston Texans to draft a player who can be a legitimate No. 2 option opposite Andre Johnson.

Tennessee’s Justin Hunter is a big-upside playmaker with a great combination of size and athleticism. He has had issues with inconsistency but can make tremendous plays on the ball, and his measurables and playmaking ability would force defenses to pay attention to him and help draw multiple coverages away from Johnson.

58. Denver Broncos: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State

Losing Elvis Dumervil in a contract fiasco could put the Denver Broncos in the market for another defensive end and pass-rusher early in the draft. Michigan State’s William Gholston is a big defensive end with high upside. He struggled with inconsistency and is not a tremendously explosive athlete, but he can pass-rush from both outside and inside and is a solid run-stopper.

59. New England Patriots: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

The New England Patriots need to add an interior pass-rusher to their defensive line to bring more pressure against their opponents. LSU’s Bennie Logan is a raw talent, but a very athletic interior lineman with the potential to be a dynamic penetrator as an under tackle next to Vince Wilfork.

60. Atlanta Falcons: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

The Atlanta Falcons should continue their defensive line reinforcements on Day 2 of the draft by finding a run-stuffing defensive tackle to line up next to Jonathan Babineaux. They could get that from Georgia’s John Jenkins, a massive yet quick nose tackle who could be a steal late in Round 2 if he can overcome motor concerns.

61. San Francisco 49ers: Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia

Losing Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaves the San Francisco 49ers in need of a new free safety. Georgia’s Baccari Rambo would be a good fit and value late in Round 2.

Like Goldson, Rambo is a striker who hits his opponents hard, but is also a good athlete and a playmaker in coverage, which the 49ers need as they continue to rebuild their secondary.

62. Baltimore Ravens: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State

With legendary free safety Ed Reed seemingly unlikely to return and strong safety Bernard Pollard cut, the Baltimore Ravens have a massive need at the safety position. Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas, a ballhawk defensive back who can play either safety spot, would be a good fit to help fill that void in the middle of the Ravens’ secondary.

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56 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Projections As Free Agency Shifts Draft Strategies”

  1. Nick says:

    Even though the pats have only five picks this draft, what are the chances they double dip in the receiver position? BB did it before with the TE and RB, why not now with the receivers? Complete the offense for the future. Players like Hunter, Hopkins, Woods, and Dobson would help the offense take it to the next level.

  2. Gary says:

    I’d love to see Dion Jordan slip to #17 insofar as I’m a Pittsburgher and a huge Steeler fan. But, I don’t think it likely. Jarvis Jones, if questions persist about his health, I can see at 17, maybe. But, Shariff Floyd at #18…I don’t think so. Then, to have Eddie Lacy, the only truly legitimate first round RB at 48, well, I had to stop there. Come on man!!! If he gets past Green Bay at 26 the GM of the Packers should be
    executed, not just fired.

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    U. of Geogia LB Jarvis Jones had a disappointing pro day today and it could hurt his draft stock, but not if they watch his game tapes.

  4. joe says:

    Im sorry but this is the worst mock draft ive ever seen. That other one the other night was so much better. This looks like a mock draft from October

  5. joe says:

    Seriously, this guy Dan gets paid to write this garbage. This is the worst mock draft I’ve. Seen yet. First everyone knows KC will either take a OL or trade it also cb banks going ten or something and DE floyed going around 15th. COMMON MAN, this looks like a mock draft from October. I hope you wrote this for free. Dan should have paid me for wasting my time reading this

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    I have a feeling 4QBs are coming off the draft boards in the first 12 picks and most mock drafts are going to be off by 3 spots.

    • Ryan says:

      I wouldn’t have said this before the rookie wage scale, but with the little money 1st round picks make and the fact they are guaranteed a 5th year. There is NO reason to not take a leap on a QB in the first, get the guy you want and hopefully you build around him. Its not like your paying him a lot of money any more, if he doesn’t work out (Weeden) draft again next year.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Ryan, i looking at how free agency is going to change draft boards and you see some teams talking about receivers, when half their team is missing, knowing they could use CBs, OTs, DTs etc. I don’t apologise for wanting Tavon Austin for the Patriots but it might be a slim to no chance but maybe not, i have been looking at some of teams that need receivers in front of us in the draft, some may value the larger receivers over Austin and ignorance is bliss.

    • cc says:

      You mean around the spot to one of the teams where BB needs to trade Ryan Mallet at with a cpl other players attached like Cunningham, Edelman, and Deaderick?
      That 12th type spot?

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Another possible trade partner for the Patriots is the Cowboys.
    With the Patriots sending #29 1st to Dallas for #47 2nd, and #80 3d round.
    This would improve the Cowboys pick by moving up 18 picks, from thier 2nd pick. Allowing them OT D.J. Fluker, and DE Datone Jones
    The Patriots draft may look like;
    #47- CB Jordan Poyer
    #59- DT Brandon Williams
    #80- LB Cornelius Washington
    #91- WR Mark Harrison

  8. joeisme says:

    You have the Packers taking a SIXTH tight end in the first round. Idiotic! When they need so much D help they won’t waste a pick on a TE. Round 2 you have them taking a DT. Again wasted pick. They are loaded with DTs. They need 3/4 DEs. Inside wasn’t their problem. Containing the corner was their biggest weakness. They will go in rounds 1&2 one of the following: LT if one slips to them-3/4 DE-Safety-RB in the second or third round only.

  9. td says:

    Am I the only one that thinks BB sees his TE’s as WR’s? Gronk and Hernandez will get 90 catches each if they play 16 games. That leaves Amendola as the 3rd option, probably Vereen as 3rd down back and Jones/yet to be determined as the other wideout. Even though Lloyd had decent stats last year BB was not ready to pay him $4mil as the 4th/5th option.

    The biggest need is pass defense. Do they improve it by getting cover guys, improving the rush or a combo of both. Knowing BB it will be a combo, but not by spending big $$. They need at least one more cover corner and an interior rush guy.

    • AM says:

      Certainly the TEs are (ideally) more prominent in the passing game than the WRs in Belichick’s current system, which is the reverse of most other teams. I think the real issue is that they need someone to threaten down the field in order to keep opposing safeties honest; that in turn opens up the middle of the field and the running game. If Hernandez can be that guy, then the need for another WR is substantially diminished, but I’m not sure he has the raw speed for it.

      Agreed on the pass defense–I’m inclined to think improving the pass rush is the first preference, although part of that will hopefully come from current player development. I’d really like to see either Freeney or Abraham on the roster as a situational pass rusher.

      • td says:

        I’m all for getting Abraham and throwing him in for just pass rushing. He has great production as a pass rush specialist

  10. Stephen S says:

    Hmm I was just thinking which would you rather have Robert Woods in the 2nd or trade the third to Pittsburg for Emmanuel Sanders

  11. Jim R says:

    If they do not move, I do not think they will take a WR in the first 3 rounds.
    Rd 1- CB Rhodes/Trufant/Banks
    Rd 2- DE Lemonier/Simon/Golhston/Simon/Taylor
    Rd 3- Best Ol available or Corner again

  12. Hunter says:

    Can someone explain the fascination many have with the Patriots adding a DT in the draft in the first three rounds? The team literally has ONE proven receiver on the roster in Amendola, who is also injury prone, followed by a developmental prospect in Jones (I live outside Buffalo, the Bills fans are glad to see him go), a ST Captain and a bunch of practice squaders. In the secondary, they have a scumbag with bad hips who also has injury issues, a guy who may or may not be in jail/facing NFL suspension, Kyle “Broken Coverage” Arrington, Dowling and Cole. The way this draft played out, how on earth could you not pick Rhodes/Trufant first and Patton/Wheaton in the 2nd?

    Meanwhile, at DT, the Pats have Pryor, Armstead, and Deaderick, competing for that spot next to Wilfork, with Forston and Love also on the roster. Pryor is the player that everyone is looking for, when healthy. He was a great interior pass rusher two seasons ago.

    I just don’t get how they could pick their 9th ranked DT when higher ranked DBs and WRs are on the board.

    • Hunter says:

      And I didn’t even mention all of the Free Agent DTs that are still out there that could contribute on 3rd down.

      • cc says:

        They need a real DT, not cheapest retreadz or other team leftovers.
        An actual young top tier, tenacious, tough, enthusiastic, high motor-go getter!

    • Ryan says:

      Lets be realistic here:
      1. Dennard will not spend time in jail and even if he does a weekend in jail at most he will be at camp and a starter on day one. Also, he will not face ANY suspension from the NFL. The offense happened while he played college football.

      2. Talib who you refer to as a scumbag plays football very well.

      But I will more than agree with you that CB and WR are early needs. Maybe even RT if we don’t sign anyone.

    • kdog says:

      Personally, I don’t think Deaderick is better at his position than Talib and Dennard are at theirs (YMMV).

      There’s certainly a case to be made for strengthening the DL as a means for helping the secondary succeed.

      That said, if you do want a difference-maker on the DL, you likely have to get him in round 1 or 2.

      It seems to me that the CB value in this draft is 3rd round, WR value is 2nd or 3rd round.

      I think we could go a lot of different ways in this draft. . . DT is only one. . . you have to draft players, not positions.

      All that said, I agree with those who have said they’d draft Rhodes in this scenario – or trade back!

    • AM says:

      I agree that WR and CB are major issues, but I think the focus on DT is based on the fact that the team’s pass rush is awful.

      When Chandler Jones went down with an injury, the rush was virtually nonexistent–any team that depends on a rookie that much for such a critical aspect badly needs a talent infusion. Ninkovich is solid to good, but he’s not really a rusher; more of a “hustle” player. Wilfork is unbelievable, but he’s just one player. That leaves one spot on the line that isn’t producing and can be upgraded. Hence, the focus on upgrading at DT. (Armstead may be that guy, of course, but there’s no telling just yet.)

  13. Ryan says:

    Many mocks have Tavon lasting until 23 with Minn. If the Patriots had to give up a pick or two, would it be worth it to get him at this point?

    With Ammendola and possibly Edelman I’m not sure we would take him anyway? Thoughts?

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Absolutely, only if we can trade Mallett for picks

    • Hunter says:

      No. The Patriots do not need a slot receiver, they need a perimeter guy (or 3). Also with only 3 useful draft picks I don’t see a scenario worth trading up for, unless it’s to get Trufant, and even then I’d be hesitant due to deep CB options

      • Ryan says:

        My thought being the same as last year. With Ballard, Ras I, Demps, Vega and Armstead. I’m not sure the Pats have as many roster spots as we would like to think. While there is no guarantee any of them make the team. It just feels like we want quality over quantity.

        • Ken W says:

          Good point, but depends on how many they lose to FA.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Ryan i hope Demps comes back from Track&field to make the squad, think of the real possibilities if we get this guy acclimated into our offense, i was watching his youtube highlights again, he is no lie the fastest running back and he has really good hands too. If BB and Mcdaniels can get Demps back to football and get him committed to the game, this realistically could be the best weapon the Patriots have and Leon Washington’s stay could be cut.

        • AM says:

          I agree that there are always fewer roster spots than it appears, but I have a feeling that three of those guys (Demps, Dowling, Vega) may not even make the team. There are also usually surprise cuts that require backfilling.

  14. Ken W says:

    If this is how it went I would prefer this:

    1st Rhodes CB
    2nd Patton WR
    3rd Ertz TE (great value)

    • Ryan says:

      Love it until TE, dont we have like 6 on the roster?

      • patsfan says:

        Im with you. Not sure why they would use one of their limited picks on a TE. There are 5 on the roster with 3 of them under 25 I think. I do like Rhodes and Patten tho.

        I think they trade back for a 2nd and a couple of 4s and double up on WR in the 2nd and 3rd round. I would like Hopkins, Patton, Allen or Wheaton. After that draft on value, trading back when the value isnt there for remaining needs of DT, CB, Interior OL, LB/DE.

        • Ken W says:

          I agree that the Pats don’t need a TE, but I also know that BB likes to take best player available most of the time. It would be better to trade back and get a 4th and 5th or 6th. Then you could get:

          Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
          and a OLineman

  15. Ken W says:

    Warmack should be in the top ten, top 15 at worst due to position.

  16. Ken W says:

    Ertz at the end of the 3rd! The difference between him and Eifert isn’t that big.

  17. Stephen S says:

    Hmm Woods over Hopkins, Trufant, Cyprien and Jones tough call I’d personally would take Hopkins over Woods durabilty concerns me but Trufant over Hopkins and address receiver later thats my two cents for what its worth lol.

  18. Kjb008 says:

    No offense but this 1st round is trash. Way to many reaches.

  19. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Well I think the Patriots trade back, with Tampa.
    #29 1st for, #43 2nd, #109 4th, #123 4th. This allows Tampa to get DT Lotulelei with #13, and CB Rhodes with #29.
    The Patriots look like:
    #43- DT Brandon Williams
    #59- LB/DE Cornalius Washington
    #91- OG/T Brian Winters
    #109- CB Micah Hyde
    #123- WR Mark Harrison
    7th- TE Mychal Rivera
    7th- OG/C T.J. Johnson

    • Ryan says:

      I like the thought process but I’d imagine the Patriots would get more than that.

      My guess is a 2nd 3rd and a 5th.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      i hope it happens

    • Hunter says:

      I will literally punch a baby if the Patriots draft a DT before CB and WR

      • munchkin says:

        Let it go man. Love, Deaderick and and an oft injured Pryor are part of the long term problem, not the solution. If they can get a DT at 29 that is a value pick then I am all for it. The offense isn’t a problem, they can score points. The D needs help. And with Dennard, Talib and Arrington the need along the D line may be greater. BPA, if that is a WR so be it.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Wilfork is not getting an younger, and BB needs to think of the future. If Wilfork gets hurt,…. The Dline is in trouble. I think DT Brendon Williams is a guy that the Patriots will target, and CAN get. Jesse Williams will be an option, but chances are he is gone early.

        • cc says:

          All day DT/NT@ 29!
          A long awaited compliment to Wilfork on the line.
          imo jessie williams is who I’m shooting for & I use a next year 3rd round pick tossed in if I need 2 jump for him and swap.

    • AM says:

      I doubt that Rhodes will be available at #29, but if he is, forget trading back–the Patriots should pounce.

  20. Ryan says:

    Love Woods in the first and Alford in the 3rd. I’m not sure Woods will be there, but then again I personally have him a lot higher than most. The whole draft will hinge on how many QB’s and OT’s/OG’s go in the first round. A lot of good talent could fall as a result. Otherwise I really see the Pats moving out of the first. Possible trade with the Chiefs.

  21. Steve Leggett says:

    NO WAY Pats draft Woods here – maybe with their 2nd pick. Too many good DL, OL & CB’s available.



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